While participating in a three-on-three drill during the first day of training camp, Jon Merrill crashed into Ruslan Fedotenko and needed to be helped off the ice.
“I don’t have an update yet,” DeBoer told the Bergen Record. “I think he’s going to be fine, but I don’t have anything specific, yet.”
Fedotenko revealed that they hit heads together during the collision, per Tom Gulitti. He got the chance to speak with Merill later and believes that the defenseman is okay, but conceded that he’s of course not a doctor.
Merrill initially appeared to be woozy while he was getting off the ice based on separate reports from the Record and Star-Ledger. The obvious fear is that Merrill might have a concussion, but the Devils haven’t suggested that that’s the case.
It’s worth adding that the 22-year-old defenseman did unfortunately suffer a concussion in his NHL debut last season. He still went on to record 11 points and average 19:13 minutes per game in 52 contests. There’s a good chance he’ll start the season as a top-six defenseman if he’s healthy enough to do so.